Welsh hospitals are understaffed and overstretched. Over two-thirds of trainees report regular and frequent rota gaps, almost one-third of advertised consultant posts go unfilled, and absence due to sickness is rising. As 120 doctors and health professionals gather today (Thursday 9 May) in Deeside for the Royal College of Physician’s (RCP) second north Wales conference, the college has published a new report which showcases several innovative case studies and suggests how things could be improved in the future.
Reflecting on the RCP’s move to recruit a dedicated clinical director for digital health, Dr James Maguire and Dr Sam Shah from NHSX discuss how best to unlock the clinician workload by applying service design principles.
Following Labour's announcement that it would commit £330m to solving the NHS 'staff retention crisis', RCP president Professor Andrew Goddard said the proposal could turn the tide on the current retention challenges.